Globalisation, technology and the current pandemic have disrupted the way learning happens at university.

Leaners are no longer ‘passenger’; increasingly, the onus is on the learner to be in the ‘driver’s seat’ of their learning.

In this webinar, Organisational Development Professional and JCU Brisbane Lecturer Rob Godby shares some insights and strategies to help you become the driver and get the best return on the time and money that you have invested in your studies and professional development.

The webinar will challenge your current mindset about online learning and teach you some practical tips for getting the most out of virtual education.

Key takeaways

Effective Get in the driver’s seat and take control of these spaces.

1. Physical Space

An increase in people studying and working remotely has seen people sitting stationary for longer, contributing to a rise in cortisol. This means muscles are becoming tenser, and it is resulting in more back problems.

Think about the three Ps.

2. Digital Space (the virtual environment in which you learn)

One of the main differences between communicating online and in real life is the strain on your cognitive load when communicating via a screen. When you’re physically in the same room, you use facial expressions to aid in communication. You can hear more clearly, and it is easier to sense what people are trying to say. You are more aware of what’s going on because you are immersed in that environment. However, picking up on those signals when communicating online takes a lot more effort and concentration.

To help communicate better:

  • Use the best internet available
  • Use a laptop or a desktop
  • Use a webcam/camera
  • Use headphones and a microphone
  • Use the digital functions & tools such as breakout rooms, raised hands, chat.

3. Head Space (how you feel and how you think about what’s happening with your learning experience)

Having the right headspace for online learning is probably the most important one. A lot of research has emerged over the last year to indicate that online learning and working has led to mental health issues for many people. We need to take control and implement small measures to help look after our headspace when engaging online.

Follow these measures to help create a better headspace:

  • Create a routine before starting online. A short burst of exercise, making a cup of tea, tidying the desk, or listening to your favourite music.
  • Talk to yourself using positive phrases and choose your mindset
  • Reduce the number of outside distractions – background noise, pets as much as you can.
  • Seek out and use apps to help you learn online
  • Use gamified learning to make it fun